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There’s a lot to know about Seattle’s Sorrento Hotel, after all it has a history dating back to 1909. Here are a few key things to know before you arrive:
1. It has local owners. Michael and Barbara Malone have owned the hotel since 1981 and significantly restored the Forbes Travel Guide recommended hotel's appearance and amenities to the luxurious standard that it has today. Michael has been a real estate developer since the 1980s and is passionate about historic preservation in Seattle.
2. The hotel has an interesting history. Samuel Rosenberg was the original owner of Sorrento. He later traded it for Bear Creek Orchards near Medford, Oregon. After his death in 1914, his sons took over the pear orchard and turned it into the multi-million dollar business famously known as Harry & David.
3. It has an architectural pedigree. Samuel Rosenberg hired architect Harlan Thomas to design the seven-story Italian Renaissance-style hotel. Harlan later became the first dean at the School of Architecture at the University of Washington.
4. The hotel has a military connection. During World War I and World War II the hotel served as living quarters for members of the United States military. During the first war, a room in the west wing was given to the Red Cross where tables were set up to make bandages.
5. The rooms are very spacious. The original hotel had 154 rooms in 1909. After the Malone family purchased the Forbes Travel Guide recommended hotel, it redesigned the layout of the property and reduced the number of rooms to 76 that are lavishly large.